The scheme will provide a leisure and knowledge centre for residents and businesses

Stockport lodges £14m ‘StockRoom’ bid

Sarah Townsend

The council has made a submission to the Government’s £1bn Future High Streets Fund, for a town centre regeneration project to redevelop the former M&S and BHS stores into a community learning hub.

The project, known as ‘StockRoom’ aims to create a “future-focused” public services facility on the site of the retail units that Stockport Council purchased in the Merseyway shopping centre last year.

The hub would also celebrate the culture and creativity of the town and provide a space that encourages people to spend valuable leisure time there, a statement from the council said.

If successful, the £14.5m bid would enable the authority to increase its planned investment in the StockRoom project by £8m.

Cllr Elise Wilson, leader of  Stockport Council, said: “We are in unprecedented and difficult times but as a council we are absolutely focused on building back better.

“We already have ambitious plans in place for Stockport like the transport hub, the arrival of Metrolink and a revitalised town centre, but this additional funding will really strengthen all our town centre has to offer.”

The council is currently progressing its overhaul of the 55-year-old Merseyway shopping centre, with the first phase – a stairway and lift core connecting Adlington Walk to the main shopping mall – having commenced in May.

Another town centre project, the £120m Stockport Interchange scheme to redevelop an area around Stockport bus station, is underway, with Willmott Dixon chosen as the main contractor in February.

Adlington Walk Scheme Comparison

Cllr Meller: StockRoom is catalyst for further investment

Also, last month, Manchester-based developer Capital & Centric confirmed its purchase of Weir Mill, and is planning a £60m residential conversion to bring 250 flats to the Greater Manchester town.

StockRoom is part of this wider development and will “act as a catalyst to attract even more investment into the town”, said Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy at Stockport Council.

This week, Oldham Council submitted a £25m bid to the Government’s Towns Fund, with four projects earmarked to benefit.

These are the development of office space in Oldham town centre; a flexible performance space in the emerging cultural quarter; the town centre district heating network, and a visitor centre and other infrastructure for the Northern Roots eco-park project.



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we need shops, not council places. put rents down get businesses back .support small businesses not kill them off

By sue

I’m not convinced that this will help Stockport.
It sounds like an expensive white elephant.
We need to be more imaginative and spend the money on something that will have a wow factor in making the centre vibrant.

By Graham Jones

What about some real shops

By Trevor

When are we SMBC going to stop wasting time and money on the town centre. It’s finished, they’ve ruined it with their idiotic schemes. The Market, IKEA everything else. It’s empty just get rid. If you want to shop, everywhere else has far better shopping. Handforth, Oldham, Ashton they are all far nicer places to shop.

By Mike

Wow that’s great, I have trouble getting my bins emptied. At least I know now where my council tax money will be spent!!

By The doc

I feel this is a classic sticking plaster proposal.

I like Stockport. I have friends there. It has a distinct feel to the other GM boroughs. There’s great potential. Capital and Centric have a scheme in the pipeline.

The old town is actually really unique and very picturesque. I think Merseyway – with its sheer concrete bravado – needs gradual redevelopment.

Open up the river. Built stylish residential blocks with shopping units underneath. It needs to be an attraction in itself. The days of treating a town as a place to go into just to shop are over.


Why do Stockport council keep spending money on white elephants, we want more affordable houses building

By Beswick

You need to knock the precinct down and fetch all the shops from the peel centre and make one big shopping centre there is nothing in Stockport to attract shoppers that’s why l shop in Manchester

By S frivet

The Council Leader mentions unprecedented times, it may be wise to pause major decisions on investment, recent major Council investments in Merseyway and office space may turn out to be white elephants with this odd proposal, the Market Place has recently
had investment in Profolk which seems to have joined the white elephant list.Senior Council Officers would be better served in the short term using all there efforts supporting all the business located in its town centre and stop trying to get in the news.


This is a good idea but I would like to see what impact lowering business rates would have. That’s a government call, not local. It is a long overdue review.

By Anonymous